Rockline Industries, a global leader in the manufacture of consumer wet wipes and coffee filters, will add additional facial wipe manufacturing capacity for Walmart at its Springdale, Ark. plant.
The production is moving to the U.S. from Europe.
Rockline has invested $15 million toward expansion of the Arkansas-based production capability and construction of a new facial wipes line.
By on-shoring additional production of facial wipes, the initiative will support the growth of more than 50 Arkansas manufacturing jobs over the next year. In Arkansas, Rockline employs about 800 hourly employees and 544 of the company’s jobs are based in Springdale. The company maintains a small Walmart supplier office in Rogers.
Walmart has committed to purchasing an additional $250 billion by 2023 to support domestic manufacturing and U.S. jobs. As the nation recognizes Manufacturing Day, Rockline Industries and Walmart jointly hosted a dedication event at the Springdale plant today in celebration of the transfer of production of the new facial wipes line to Arkansas from Europe.
“Walmart has been a great partner for many years and we’re pleased to be working with them to bring jobs back to the U.S.,” said Randy Rudolph, president of Rockline Industries. “Rockline has always been dedicated to helping the communities in which we operate, and we’re confident this move will create a beneficial impact throughout the state of Arkansas.”
“Our customers have told us that other than price, the most important thing to them is buying great products that support their neighbors and create jobs in their communities,” said Cindi Marsiglio, vice president, U.S. sourcing and manufacturing at Walmart. “Increasing Walmart’s purchases that support American jobs makes sense for our customers, our communities and our company.”
Rockline recently expanded its U.S. wet wipe production capacity by purchasing a 240,000-square-foot plant in Russellville, Ark. That expansion allowed the company to accommodate increased production for the facial line at the Springdale plant.